The public have been urged to stay away from tourists after the country was placed on heightened alert for the new variant of the coronavirus.
Deputy Director General of Public Health Services, Dr. Hemantha Herath said while tourists are confined to a bio-bubble there is a fear that some locals may attempt to come into contact with the visitors.
He said the main concern is that locals may attempt to get close to the tourists when they visit selected tourist sites in the country.
"A number of tourists are currently in Sri Lanka and are relaxing at hotels in several places. We urge locals not to have any contact with the tourists," he said.
Dr. Hemantha Herath said if anyone comes into contact with the tourists it could result in them contracting the virus.
He said the Police and hotels have been given clear advice on the steps to be taken if anyone is to have contact with a tourist.
"We would need all the support we can get to ensure the new variant does not spread in the country," he said. (EASWARAN RUTNAM)
CITIZEN Tuesday, 16 February 2021 07:02 AM
THEN WHY ALLOWING TOURISTS TO COME TO OUR COUNTRY, IF THE SITUATION IS BAD,
Yoda Tuesday, 16 February 2021 07:32 AM
And vice versa!
Lakminiha Tuesday, 16 February 2021 07:40 AM
How can the vendors or the public who are dependent on tourism survive, if they are to stay away from tourists? If so, why are we bringing the tourists into the country?
K.L Pathirana Tuesday, 16 February 2021 09:07 AM
You cannot contain these arrivals into a bio bubble. They will travel eat and stay in many areas within their routes. The government will not stop this drama as they need to show some sort of an income from foreign currency to obtain any loans (even from even China). That's what this tourism is all about. Plan to get infected with Covid variants sooner than later. When you select the better government on a vote, their way of thanking you for voting !!
D j Tuesday, 16 February 2021 09:37 AM
The way this is written is just fueling xenophobia!
FF Tuesday, 16 February 2021 11:27 AM
WHY ARE TOURIST ALLOWED TO ROAM IN THE COUNTRY WHERE WE LIVE??? THIS IS A TERRIBLE ORDER
Bert Walter Tuesday, 16 February 2021 01:09 PM
They "roam " because they will bring foreign money to the Country. At the moment they have very strict restrictions to Follower like 3 PCR Tests and 2 weeks in a Hotel. These restrictions are also for Sri Lankans coming from abroad , so why you complain ! After the 2 weeks the Kankans can go everywhere , the tourists habe to travel in a so called " Bio Bubble " , so please inform you about the regulation and do not write so silly posts !!
Sam Friday, 19 February 2021 12:32 PM
No No. The God Fathers Russian girlfriends are without business. So instead of locals affected, they are now importing tourists to do business.
Anu Tuesday, 16 February 2021 11:54 AM
This is what happens when you don’t let your own citizens come into the country but let foreigners come . Such a shame even holding a Srilankan passport . It was already hard visiting other countries with a Srilankan passport now u can’t even come to Srilanka for a visit
Bert Walter Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:53 PM
You can come to Sri Lanka if you Follower the same procedure with 3 PCR Tests and stay 14 days in a Hotel with tough procedures , please inform you and dont post such a stupide Post ! In which foreign Country you are "allowed " to stay ??
Bernard Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:55 PM
Lock down the Colombo city and allow only the tourists to stay in the big hotels there and let them roam around to earn foreign exchange.
Aussie Tuesday, 16 February 2021 01:05 PM
We stay at home
Sam Silva Tuesday, 16 February 2021 06:32 PM
@ Bert Seems you are deaf and blind with reality. Also pro govt
Anne Karunaratne Tuesday, 16 February 2021 06:52 PM
Didn't you know majority of our people are idiots!!! They don't understand what social distancing is in the first place! They will not hesitate to go behind tourists to get some money. Why invite tourists in this situation in any case????
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